By Luckmore Safuli
THE number of families affected by the floods which hit Binga district over the weekend is projected to exceed the initial 34 with the Civil Protection Department (CPD) currently assessing damage in other parts of the district which on Tuesday were not accessible.
Current information from the Binga District Civil Protection Committee shows that 34 families were affected by the floods in the 3 villages which have been assessed so far with one person confirmed dead after having been swept away by the floods.
Acting Binga District Administrator, Farai Marinyane said a team is currently on the ground to assess the level of damage and to gather relevant information from 10 more villages which could not be accessed on Tuesday.
While the assessment is still continuing, there are fears that the number of affected villagers could be much higher.
The Binga District Civil Protection Committee has also highlighted that poor mobile network coverage and the bad roads have made the rescue efforts and coordination cumbersome.
Meanwhile, efforts to mobilise food and non-food items for distribution to the affected villagers continue. The Civil Protection Department has dispatched some tents and blankets to Binga. Government has also availed 110 bags of maize to the villagers with more food aid expected to be dispatched.
According to Marinyane, apart from food assistance, there is a need for psycho-social support to the villagers given the trauma that they went through with some being marooned for hours.
The Binga District Civil Protection Committee is also on high alert and monitoring the situation for possible outbreaks of waterborne diseases.
The Nsungwale area under Chief Sinakola was the most affected after heavy rains which were experienced over the weekend resulted in life-threatening floods.
By Luckmore Safuli